Saturday, 22 July 2017

Pink Poinsettia Stained Glass Window

Hi Bloggers.

I'm running my workshop locally in Milton Keynes today. Really looking forward to sharing some really cool techniques with some gorgeous products.

I thought I would share a Poinsettia Stained Glass Window in a slightly different colourway to the norm -

I've used Cosmic Shimmer Clear Varnish Lacquer with CS Intense Pigment Stains, CS Pixie Powders and CS Frosty Dawn Diamond Frost.

I started by cutting Sue Wilson's Poinsettia Stained Glass Window Die out of Coconut White Card twice. I trimmed one of them to be slightly smaller than the other,

I added Quickie Glue over every line on the back of the larger die cut and ran a thin line of CS Glue around the outside edge using a Woodware Fine Tip Glue Applicator. I popped it onto a piece of Acetate which was slightly smaller than my die cut. I pressed down firmly to make sure that it was stuck really well.

I applied Quickie Glue over every line on the front of my other die cut. Once again, I added a thin line of CS Glue around the outside edge. I popped this onto the back of the Acetate, lining the image up with the first die cut. It's really important to make sure that all of the lines are well stuck to the Acetate as the colour is applied to the back.

So, working on the back, I popped some CS Clear Varnish Lacquer onto my Craft Sheet. I added some CS Candy Pink Pixie Powder and mixed well. I then added CS Frosty Dawn Diamond Frost and mixed well. I used this to colour the Poinsettias by dabbing a good quantity of the coloured lacquer into the areas shown.

For the 'leaves' I added a drop of Citrus Lime CS Intense Pigment Stain to some CS Clear Varnish Lacquer and mixed well. I then added some Frosty Dawn Diamond Frost.

The centres of the Poinsettias are Rich Gold CS Pixie Powder added to the Clear Varnish Lacquer.

I know it's not really showing up very well but the background areas are filled in with just Frosty Dawn Diamond Frost mixed with the Clear Varnish Lacquer. This pic shows it off a bit better -

I coloured the frame of the window with the same colours as the main image.

I added a piece of Coconut White Card behind my piece once it was dry. I them matted onto Baby Pink Card, Coconut White Card and popped onto a Coconut White Card blank.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk
Free card with all website orders over £10 (ask for one in the comments box at checkout).
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elgian Collection - Brussels only £11.99!

Friday, 21 July 2017

Freebie Friday

Hi Bloggers.

Here's this week's card that needs a new home -

You can read how this card was made here.

Leave a lovely comment below to go into the draw to win it. I will announce the winner on Monday. Be sure to pop back to see if you have won.

Please note : Only comments left below will go into the draw. Comments made on the original post will not count. Information given on the original post was correct at the time that post was published.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk
Free card with all website orders over £10 (ask for one in the comments box at checkout).
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reative Expressions Stamps to Die For - Shaded Orange Blossom Leaves only £2.99!

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Distress Oxides Just For You

Hi Bloggers.

Another great workshop yesteday up at Creative Expressions. My next workshop up there is a Chalk Clouds Masterclass on Wednesday 6th September - you can book via my website here. My next workshop is this Saturday just outside Milton Keynes. Today is the last day that I can accept bookings as I'm cutting kits today. You can book here.

Here's today's card -

For the background, I swiped some Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide onto my Craft Sheet. I misted with water and picked the ink up onto a piece of Coconut White Card. I swiped some Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide onto my Craft Sheet, misted with water and picked that up onto my card. Finally, I swiped some Fossilized Amber Distress Ink onto my Craft Sheet, misted it with water and added it to my card. 

Once dry, I dusted with Anti-Staic Pad. I stamped the Woodware Bold Blooms : Charlotte using Clear Perfect Medium and embossed with CS Gold Detail Embossing Powder. I coloured in using the same 3 Oxides by swiping more colour onto my Craft Sheet and picking the colour up with a Water Brush (any remaining ink, I picked up onto another piece of card for another project 😊).

I trimmed my piece and edged with Worn Lipstick Oxide using a Smoothie. I matted onto Antique Gold Pearl Card and popped onto a Coconut White Card blank.

Francoise Read has shows on Hochanda today with shows at 10am, 3pm and 7pm. I hope you can tune in, I will be. I'm offering 10% discount on items from the shows. You can find them here. Offer applies till midnight tonight or while stocks last. Discount will be applied automatically at checkout.

 Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk
Free card with all website orders over £10 (ask for one in the comments box at checkout).
Deal of the Day today (20th July) - S
pellbinders Stamp Set - Home Sweet Home only £7.00!

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Gilded and painted Robin Redbreast

Hi Bloggers.

I'm heading up to Creative Expressions HQ in Kettering again today to run another workshop on Stained Glass Window Techniques. Looking forward to it.

Here's today's card with many thanks to Iris Clark for introducing me to a great technique -

I started by cutting Sue Wilson's Robin Redbreast Stained Glass Window Die out of Black Card. I added a piece of Creative Expressions Double Sided Self Adhesive Sheet to the back. I turned over to the front and added Cosmic Shimmer Persian Dawn Gilding Flakes. I removed the excess using a piece of Rubit Scrubit.

I then painted some of the areas using the Christmas CS Watercolour Palette. It's hard not to get paint on the lines but you can take a clean wet paint brush to remove the paint from the lines. If this is too painful to do (😐) then you can just cut another Robin Redbreast and glue it on top.

I matted onto Antique Gold Pearl Card then Rich Red Card and popped onto a Black Card blank.

Lisa Horton is continuing with her One Day Special on Hochanda today with shows at 9am, 1pm and 5pm. I'm offering 10% discount on items from the shows. You can find them here. Offer applies till midnight tonight or while stocks last. Discount will be applied automatically at checkout.

 Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk
Free card with all website orders over £10 (ask for one in the comments box at checkout).
Deal of the Day today (19th July) - Craft Consortium
Always & Forever - Rhinestone Square Charms only £2.99!

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Laughter Makes Everything Better and meet Ed

Hi Bloggers.

Here's today's card -

For this one, I created my design directly onto the front of a card blank so it's pretty flat for posting - it's also quite dinky 😊

I dusted the front of a Coconut White Card Blank with an Anti-Static Bag. I then stamped the smallest flower from the Woodware Bold Blooms Delilah Stamp Set several times using Clear Perfect Medium. I added CS True White Detail Embossing Powder and heat set.

I added a piece of Scotch Removable Tape on the backof my card along the fold - this reduced the risk of getting ink all over the back of my card. I inked over my stamped flowers using Chic Pumpkin, Decadent Wine and Pum Cobbler Cosmic Shimmer Colour Clouds applying the ink with Smoothies. I removed any excess ink from the embossed lines using a piece of Kitchen Roll.

I misted some water into my hands and clapped over the card. The water bleaches away the ink. I blotted off with some Kitchen Roll.

I stamped the sentiment from the Woodware Imagination Verse Stamp Set onto Coconut White Card using Clear Perfect Medium and embossed with CS True White Detail Embossing Powder. I added the same 3 Colour Couds Inks as before and clapped over with water. I cut it out using Sue Wilson's Double Pierced Rectangles and added a mat of Coconut White Card using Sue's Double Pierced Rectangles Set B.

Lisa Horton is launching a new One Day Special on Hochanda today at 6pm with some lovely new Christmas Stamps designed by the lady herself. The stamps are already proving to be popular with Creative Expressions Retailers so don't miss out! Lisa will be using Distress Oxide Inks too so if you're intrigued by them, be sure to tune in. Lisa has another show at 8pm (not on Freeview but on Sky, Facebook live and online) and more shows tomorrow at 9am, 1pm and 5pm. I'm offering 10% discount on items from the shows. You can find them here. Offer applies till midnight tomorrow night or while stocks last. Discount will be applied automatically at checkout.

I thought you might like to meet our new cat, Ed. We got him just over 3 weeks ago from the RSPCA with his sister Ella. We took Ella back unfortunately as there was no way that our cat, Smokey, was going to get on with her. Ella settled in really quickly and from the outset it was clear that she was dominant which did not bode well with Smokey. Ella didn't like her brother much either which is another reason why we took her back. We would have loved to have kept her as she was so cute and loving but, we think, she would be better in a home where she was the only cat.

Anyway, here's a few pics of Ed (named after Ed Sheeran methinks - not by me, by the nurses at the vets) -






We've just started letting him outside but he's a bit timid - any loud noise and he comes running back in. He likes looking at the world from the safely of the back door mat. He seems to prefer going out at night just before I go to bed and then I worry that he'll come back but he always does. Another week or so and he'll be out all night with Smokey.
Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk
Free card with all website orders over £10 (ask for one in the comments box at checkout).
Deal of the Day today (18th July) - D
esigns by John Lockwood A6 Background Stamp - Horticultural Definition only £4.00!

Monday, 17 July 2017

Never any waste with Chalk Clouds!

Hi Bloggers.

Here's today's card -

This is one of my favourite samples from the Chalk Clouds One Day Special that I did on Hochanda last month. I love the backgrounds you can create from the waste ink.

To re-cap, the background is created from misting waste ink on my Craft Sheet with water and then picking it up onto some Coconut White Card. I like to do this one colour at a time and allow each one to dry before adding another. This way the colours stay separate and layer on top of one another.

This background comprises Enchanted Blossom, Subtle Sage and Terracotta.

I stamped the Woodware Mosiac Background onto my Chalk Cloud Background using Onyx Black Versafine Ink. I cut it out using Sue Wilson's Essential Sized Rectangles. I matted onto Black Card and popped onto a Coconut White Card blank.

I stamped the sentiment from the Woodware Vintage Inspiration Stamp Set using Versafine Ink. I cut it out using Sue's Pierced Flags and cut the next sized die out of Black Card.

I created another background with just Enchanted Blossom Chalk Cloud. I made a flower from it using Sue's Succulent Garden Die Set and added a Small Black Dazzler to the centre. I cut a couple of leaves out of Black Card using Sue's Whimsical Leaves Die Set.

I am running a Chalk Clouds Masterclass up at Creative Expressions on Wednesday 6th September. We'll be using Chalk Clouds with various techniques and also looking at Distress Oxides. Places are limted to just 8 people. You can book via my website here.

There are 4 new Creative Expressions Festive Embossing Folders now available on my website - you can find them here.

New Wild Rose Studio Stamps have just arrived too, including -




You can find all Wild Rose Studio Products here.

The winner of the card from Freebie Friday on 14th July is............................

PharmacyMichele

Please email me at juliawattscrafts@gmail.com with your address and I'll pop your card in the post.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk
Free card with all website orders over £10 (ask for one in the comments box at checkout).
Deal of the Day today (17th July) - J
ustrite - Multi-Step Butterflies and Flowers Clear Stamp Set only £4.99!

Sunday, 16 July 2017

MDF and Cosmic Shimmer Chalk Clouds

Hi Bloggers.

Something a little different today - I thought I'd share the MDF samples that I made for the Chalk Cloud Shows on Hochanda last month.

I used a pack of MDF Hexagons and Frame. I painted some with White Gesso, some with Black Gesso and I left some untreated. The one above is painted with White Gesso. Once the Gesso was dry, I added Cozy Clay Chalk Cloud to the front of the Hexagon and Sweet Violet Chalk Cloud on the back, sides and the frame.

I misted the Woodware Crazy Mosaic Background Stamp with water and stamped it onto the Cozy Clay front of the MDF. The water bleached out the ink to reveal the stamp design. I glued the frame to it using CS Glue.

I stamped a couple of the cacti images from the Woodware Succulents Stamp Set onto Coconut White Card using Onyx Black Versafine Ink. I coloured in using Chalk Clouds by dabbing some ink into the lids of the pots and picking the colour up with a Water Brush. I used Blue Lagoon, Terracotta, Subtle Sage, Pink Princess and Sweet Violet. I cut them out using scissors and glued them onto my Hexagon.

Now, I wanted to use this as a coaster so, I thought, I should seal it as water would leave marks on it. So, I started covering it with CS Matt Glue, Seal & Glaze - big mistake! This moved the ink around so my Crazy Mosaic Background almost disappeared and there are blotches on the back of my piece. Lesson learned 😞 However, it did not move the colour painted on the images. 😊

Apologies - it's hard to see this one with the reflection. This one was painted with Black Gesso. I inked up the Woodware Vintage Fabric Background with Blue Lagoon Chalk Cloud and stamped onto my Hexagon. I didn't stamp it particularly well as I forgot to use my Stamping Mat but you can just see a very light stamping which actually turned out to be just right 😊

I then stamped one of the eyes from the Woodware Eyes Stamp Set, again using Blue Lagoon. I applied Clear Perfect Medium and CS Clear Ultra Thick Embossing Crystals and heat set using a Low Speed Heat Tool. I added more Perfect Medium, more Ultra Thick and heat set again. There were a couple of areas where it wasn't perfectly smooth so I added more ink and more Ultra Thick and heat set one more time.

I added Blue Lagoon Ink the the frame and added it to my piece using CS Glue.

This is another one with Black Gesso on it. This time I have pounced through the Celtic Vine Mask with Sweet Violet Chalk Cloud using a Smoothie. I haven't added anything on top of this one.

This one is using untreated MDF i.e. no Gesso. I added 2 coats of Blue Lagoon Chalk Cloud, allowing the first coat to dry before adding the second coat. I masked off the area around one hand on the Handy Mask using Low Tack Tape and then pounced through the mask with Gentle Lavender Chalk Cloud using a Smoothie. I then used the Every Child Mask and masked off the areas around the words I chose using Scotch Removable Tape. I pounced through the mask with Gentle Lavender Chalk Cloud again. I covered the frame with 2 coats of Gentle Lavender and added it to my piece using CS Glue.

Thanks for stopping by

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk
Free card with all website orders over £10 (ask for one in the comments box at checkout).
Deal of the Day today (16th July) - J
ustrite - Meadow Circles Clear Stamp Set only £8.99!

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Mosaic Bird with Chalk Clouds

Hi Bloggers.

Here's today's card -

I stamped the Woodware Mosaic Bird and one of the sentiments in the same set onto Coconut White Card using Onyx Black Versafine Ink.

I coloured in using Cosmic Shimmer Chalk Clouds - dabbing a little ink in the lid of the pots via Smoothies and picking the colour up with a Smoothie. I used - Blue Lagoon, Enchanted Blossom, Terracotta, Sweet Apple, Sweet Violet and Toasted Rose.

I cut out using Sue Wilson's Essential Sized Rectangles and inked around the edges with Blue Lagoon Chalk Cloud using a Smoothie.

I matted onto Black Card and popped onto a Coconut White Card blank. Easy peasy!

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk
Free card with all website orders over £10 (ask for one in the comments box at checkout).
Deal of the Day today (15th July) - C
reative Expressions Stamps to Die For - Scripted Clematis only £2.99!